Doctor Who fans, particularly those interested in gender and fandom, should really enjoy this. I'm a new fan, having only seen the rebooted series (anDoctor Who fans, particularly those interested in gender and fandom, should really enjoy this. I'm a new fan, having only seen the rebooted series (and the terrible mid-1990s TV movie) and so some of the references are lost on me, but there are some fascinating examinations of gender and race in the series, considerations of the fandom itself, interviews with people who have been involved with the series, and some very lovely reflections on what Doctor Who offers. The essays that open and close the book - by Elizabeth Bear and Catherynne M. Valente, respectively - are highlights for me.
As a book about fandom, this book does a fantastic job of not just representing others' love for the series (leaving the reader looking in from the outside) but also recreating a little sense of the shared community that comes with interacting with other fans. Hearing from Bear, Valente, and the other writers featured here makes me feel like part of that community. I'm glad I own this because I'll want to reread some of the essays that achieve this. ...more